Re: Titles for Technical Writers

Subject: Re: Titles for Technical Writers
From: Tracy Boyington <trlyboyi -at- GENESIS -dot- ODVTE -dot- STATE -dot- OK -dot- US>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 1997 11:32:29 +0000

> Therefore, if I'm printing up a business card, I may be inclined to use
> something like Technical Documentation Specialist. If I'm creating a
> resume, plain ol' generic Technical Writer (along with
> Sr/Principal/Staff or whatever level is applicable) would probably serve
> me better.

But some of us don't get to pick our own titles.

My high-falutin' title (Instructional Development Specialist) actually
describes my job more accurately than "technical writer" or
"technical communication specialist" (the two previous titles I've
had while doing this same job), but it will be more limiting if I want
to move into a job that's more pure writing. I think that's something
to consider -- while you (obviously) don't want your title to be
misleading or puffed-up, you do want to emphasize what you'd prefer
to have emphasized. If you have a choice, that is.

Tracy

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